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Kyrie Irving Talks Up Celtics' Future, Hasn't Spoken With Jimmy Butler At Length Since 2016

Sep 21, 2018 9:37 PM

Kyrie Irving acknowledged he's aware of rumors centered on the possibility he would like to team up with Jimmy Butler in 2019 free agency, but denied the veracity of those reports.

Irving said the last time he spoke at length with Butler was when both played for USA Basketball and the two engaged in a spitballing sessions along with Kevin Durant and DeMarcus Cousins about what the future held for them.

"And that," Irving laughed, "was in 2016."

Irving spoke up his optimism for the Boston Celtics.

"Who wouldn't want to be a part of Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum and Al Horford and Gordon Hayward? People keep saying, 'Why won't he commit to Boston?'

"Well, there are financial implications involved."

Irving would have left more than $80 million on the table had he signed an extension this offseason.

"I'm accepting it's going to be a constant story," Irving shrugged. "It's a point in my professional career where it is a big-time decision. I've been away from Cleveland officially for a year now, and I'm finally getting acclimated in Boston.

"Last year it was almost like a trial. There was a lot going on. It was overwhelming at times, to be honest. The focus needed to be directed on getting better and helping my new team win a championship, instead of focusing on all the outside noise [regarding his departure from Cleveland] that affected me personally.

"I was afraid to admit that initially, because I wanted to be prideful and handle everything. So, it's been a matter of figuring it out and growing.

"It only affects me when it affects my teammates. I keep them abreast of everything. We need to be communicating like that, because there are very few years where you get a chance to be a championship team -- unless you are Golden State."

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Tags: Kyrie Irving, Jimmy Butler, Boston Celtics, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

RealGM Radio: Arturo Galletti on East Over-Unders

Sep 19, 2018 1:17 PM

Host Danny Leroux (@DannyLeroux) and Arturo Galletti (@AmericanNumbers) break down the over/unders for the Eastern Conference.

They discuss the win total, division, conference and title odds as well as any pertinent individual award numbers for the Hawks (4:41), Knicks (9:40), Bulls (12:44), Cavs (16:02), Magic (28:57), Nets (33:12), Hornets (40:34), Pistons (47:37), Heat (54:34), Wizards (58:45), Pacers (1:02:37), Bucks (1:10:22), 76ers (1:18:16), Raptors (1:31:27) and Celtics (1:41:47).

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Jabari Bird Sought Mental Health Help Before Domestic Violence Incident

Sep 18, 2018 10:29 AM

Jabari Bird had begun to deal with emotional issues in the weeks leading up to a Sept. 7 incident in which he has been charged with kidnapping, assault and battery on his girlfriend.

Before his arraignment last Thursday, Bird was being held for psychiatric evaluation.

People around Bird have been aware that he recently had been experiencing, according to one source close to him, “panic attacks and things like that. It wasn’t a long-term thing, but everyone knew. The Celtics knew there was something going on and he was being treated.”

Said another, “This wasn’t one of the domestic-violence situations you usually see where someone gets jealous for one thing and loses control. There was something deeper going on here with (Bird). This was a bad situation.”

Bird's girlfriend told the authorities he sent her a text threatening to kill himself. Bird was convinced to surrender to authorities. 

Steve Bulpett/Boston Herald

Tags: Jabari Bird, Boston Celtics, NBA

Gordon Hayward Playing Full-Contact 5-On-5

Sep 13, 2018 4:38 PM

Gordon Hayward is back to playing full-court, full-contact 5-on-5 basketball.

“I’m just excited to be out there,” Hayward told reporters Thursday. “It’s so much fun to be able to play again and play with my teammates."

Hayward said he's 100 percent and expects to play in Boston's season opener on Oct. 16th against the 76ers.

Hayward has played 5-on-5, full-court for two weeks.

“The past two weeks and the next probably month or so will be good to get back into the game and feel the rhythm, the timing and things like that," Hayward said.

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Tags: Gordon Hayward, Boston Celtics, NBA, NBA Injury

Jabari Bird Allegedly Strangled Victim At Least A Dozen Times

Sep 13, 2018 3:57 PM

Jabari Bird allegedly strangled a woman at least a dozen times over a four-hour period.

The victim told police that Bird strangled her and threw her against a wall after they got into an argument at Bird's residence. She said Bird would strangle her until she went "limp," allow her to catch her breath and begin choking her again.

She also said that Bird kicked her multiple times in the stomach and dragged her away from the door when she tried to leave before shutting her into a bathroom.

Bird was charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, assault and battery of a family or household member, kidnapping and strangulation following his arrest over the weekend.

Bird has entered a not guilty plea.

The Celtics drafted Bird with the 56th pick in the 2017 draft.


Tags: Jabari Bird, Boston Celtics, NBA, NBA Suspension

Celtics To Work Out Marcus Georges-Hunt

Sep 10, 2018 10:56 PM

The Boston Celtics will work out Marcus Georges-Hunt on Tuesday.

Georges-Hunt competed for a roster spot with the Celtics in 2016 and ended up playing for the Maine Red Claws.

The Celtics currently have 15 players on guaranteed contracts, the maximum allowed by league rules during the regular season. The future of Jabari Bird with the Celtics is uncertain following an alleged domestic violence incident.

Georges-Hunt played 42 games last season for the Minnesota Timberwolves.

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Jabari Bird Arrested For Alleged Domestic Incident

Sep 8, 2018 5:24 PM

Jabari Bird has been arrested after allegedly assaulting, strangling and kidnapping an unidentified person in a domestic incident.

Bird is being "guarded by the Boston police at a local hospital" for evaluation.

The Celtics acknowledged in a statement that they were "aware of the incident" involving Bird and are "taking it very seriously."

Bird was the 56th overall pick in the 2017 draft and spent the 17-18 season on a two-way contract. Bird was signed to the Celtics' active roster this summer.


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Celtics Sign Justin Bibbs, Nick King, Jeff Roberson To Camp Deals

Sep 5, 2018 7:02 PM

The Boston Celtics have agreed to sign Justin Bibbs, Nick King and Jeff Roberson to camp deals.

All three players are on Exhibit 10 deals.

Bibbs, King and Roberson went undrafted in 2018.

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Suns Have Tried To Trade For Damian Lillard, Kemba Walker, Terry Rozier

Aug 31, 2018 3:59 PM

The Phoenix Suns have been active in attempting to trade for an established point guard.

According to John Gambadoro, the Suns have made inquiries on Damian Lillard, Kemba Walker and Terry Rozier.

Walker and Rozier both project to be free agents in 2019. Rozier's future is likely tied to what Kyrie Irving decides to do in his own free agency with the Boston Celtics.

The Suns traded away Brandon Knight this week in a deal for Ryan Anderson.

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Woj: Celtics Remain Favorites To Re-Sign Kyrie Irving Over Rest Of Field

Aug 29, 2018 3:37 PM

Kyrie Irving was traded by the Cleveland Cavaliers to the Boston Celtics last offseason.

While Irving's first season seemed to go well outside of his season-ending injury, there has been speculation that he might not re-sign in 2019.

“I still would take Boston against the rest of the field," said Adrian Wojnarowski. "I would for this reason: I still think in the end there comes a moment of truth when you look around, and you have to make a decision about somewhere else. And when you really start inspecting the questions that are in almost any other circumstance he'd go to, you would say: ‘Boy, it’s pretty good here.’ …"

Wojnarowski spoke about the possibility of Irving going to the Knicks and his belief that a top player will sign with that franchise.


"I still think Boston is in position from top to bottom. If he's healthy and that team achieve, I still think it's going to be really hard to walk away from this.”

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Tags: Kyrie Irving, Boston Celtics, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Kyrie Irving, Gordon Hayward To Begin Playing 5-On-5 Next Week
Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward appear to be at full health and are ready for the new season.

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Celtics Sign PJ Dozier To Two-Way Contract
PJ Dozier was on a two-way deal with the Thunder last season.

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Gordon Hayward Receiving Interest From Nike, New Balance, Anta
Anta is pitching Gordon Hayward with a multi-year shoe deal offer in San Diego on Monday.

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Jaylen Brown Guarantees Celtics Will Reach 2019 NBA Finals
The Celtics were one win away from The Finals last year before losing to the Cavaliers in Game 7.

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Markieff Morris, Marcus Morris Sign With Klutch Sports
The Suns signed the Morris twins to contract extensions in 2014 in which they earned a cumulative figure of $52 million over four years.

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P.J. Dozier Signs Two-Way Contract With Celtics
Sean Deveney averaged 12.9 points and 5.6 rebounds per game in the G League last season.

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RealGM Radio: Tim Bontemps, Jared Weiss On The Atlantic Division
Host Danny Leroux, Tim Bontemps of the Washington Post and Jared Weiss of The Athletic go in-depth on the NBA’s Atlantic Division.

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Celtics Waive Rodney Purvis
Rodney Purvis was on a fully non-guaranteed deal.

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Kyrie Irving Expects To Be Ready For Training Camp
Kyrie Irving said he is relieved to have his left knee infection behind him.

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Jabari Bird To Sign Two-Year Deal With Celtics
Jabari Bird spent his rookie season with the Celtics on a two-way contract.

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Shane Larkin Agrees To One-Year, $1.8M Deal With Anadolu Efes
Shane Larkin returned to the NBA in 17-18, appearing in 54 games with the Celtics.

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Celtics Reportedly Offered Several Of Their Best Draft Assets To Spurs For Kawhi Leonard
While Boston wasn't prepared to offer any of their top-5 players, they were willing to part with some of their future draft picks from other teams.

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Thunder Acquire Abdel Nader From Celtics For Rodney Purvis
Abdel Nader appeared in 48 games last season with the Celtics.

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Celtics Waive Abdel Nader
Abdel Nader was the Celtics' 58th overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft.

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Isaiah Thomas Reached Out To Danny Ainge About Signing With Celtics
Danny Ainge says his mind was open to the idea of signing Isaiah Thomas.

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Marcus Smart Agrees To Four-Year, $52M Deal With Celtics
Marcus Smart was a restricted free agent.

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Celtics Were Unwilling To Trade For Kawhi Without Assurances On Health, Future Plans
The Celtics were unwilling to include any of their core players in trade talks without more information on Kawhi Leonard.

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Marcus Smart, Celtics Progressing On Four-Year, $50M Deal
Marcus Smart has had a slow market in restricted free agency.

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Blazers, Suns, Nuggets, Wizards Have Also Discussed Kawhi Leonard Trade With Spurs
Kawhi Leonard is seriously considering attending USA Basketball national team's minicamp in Las Vegas next week.

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Celtics Agree To Two-Way Deal With Walt Lemon Jr.
Walt Lemon appeared in five games last season for the Pelicans.

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